Public Sitting cancelled on Friday, July 3 and Sunday, July 5.

Learn to Meditate cancelled on Sunday, July 5.


Established in 1971, the Shambhala Meditation Center of New York is part of an international community of urban meditation and rural retreat centers founded by Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche and led by Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche. Our center, located in Manhattan’s Chelsea district, offers daily public meditation, a core curriculum of Buddhist and Shambhala teachings, as well as training in advanced contemplative practices. We invite you to explore our diverse programs designed to help New Yorkers of all traditions discover their inherent clarity, gentleness, and humor.

Featured Programs

Contemplative Psychology: A Meeting Place of Western Psychology and Buddhism

with William Auerbach

July 23rd—August 13th

In this four-week workshop, Bill Auerbach, PhD, will teach specific mindfulness-awareness practices that help individuals cope with afflictive emotions. Continue »

Transforming Conflict: An Exploration of Nonviolent Communication

with Barbara Bash

July 24th

Using the tools of Nonviolent Communication, we learn to speak in a way others can hear. This training invites a fresh view of relationships to emerge. Continue »

The Moving Line: Handwriting, Drawing & Brushwork as Contemplative Practice

with Barbara Bash

July 25th

In this contemplative one-day workshop, we engage with pen, pencil, and brush to connect with ourselves and the blank page. This practice helps us understand how to make such vivid connections in daily life. Continue »

Articles & Podcast

  • Meditation In the City Podcast

    When Things Fall Apart – Podcast Episode No. 75


    Acharya Eric Spiegel discusses a different mentality about things falling apart; what if instead of approaching endings with anxiety and hesitation, we saw them as opportunities to experience brightness, lucidity and freedom? As things fall apart, new possibilities arise. Meditation In The City is the Shambhala Meditation Center of New York’s very own podcast! Subscribe to us on iTunes here. While … Continue 

  • Meditation In the City

    Developing a Mind of Kindness – Podcast Episode No. 74


    It is missing the point if we adopt the outer appearance of being polite and kind but still maintain our inner irritability… In this podcast senior Shambhala teacher Acharya Eric Spiegel discusses the six paramitas: Generosity, Discipline, Exertion, Patience, Meditation and Wisdom; the six elements the Buddha taught as the basis of compassionate activity. Meditation … Continue 

  • Meditation In the City

    Transforming Aggression – Podcast Episode No. 73


    Laura Simms discusses the meditator’s unique approach to aggression. What does it mean to examine our own aggression without letting it carry us away? Meditation In The City is the Shambhala Meditation Center of New York’s very own podcast! Subscribe to us on iTunes here. Or listen to us on Stitcher. Laura Simms has been practicing meditation since 1973, and … Continue